While we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community all year round, the official month of Pride celebrations is the perfect time to honor two of the most important LGBTQIA+ films of the 21st century, Brokeback Mountain and Milk. In partnership with our friends at Focus Features, we cannot be more excited to see what you submit!

SYNOPSIS:
This film features career-defining performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger as Jack and Ennis, two cowboys living and working in the American West. After starting a farm job together, they develop a complex romantic relationship that spans over twenty years. Set during the mid 1960s to the mid-80s in conservative America, the men know they must keep their love a secret, or face deadly consequences.    

KEY THEMES 

LOVE

Above all, Brokeback Mountain is a classic love story, equal to Romeo and Juliet and just as tragic. Jack and Ennis are soulmates, but societal expectations keep them apart. Familial love as an obligation is present too - in the days before LGBTQIA+ rights were established, many gay men and women entered into heterosexual marriages. In Brokeback Mountain, Ennis marries Alma (Michelle Williams) and Jack marries Lureen (Anne Hathaway), and each has children. But they can’t hide who they are, or their true feelings for one another, forever. 

THE AMERICAN WEST

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Filmed with the glorious Canadian Rockies standing in for the sweeping vistas of Wyoming, the movie is entrenched in iconic American imagery. Trucks, cowboy hats, rodeos… which other aspects of the American West could you incorporate into your artwork? 

FORCES OF NATURE

The stunning yet rugged and unforgiving landscape where Jack and Ennis work reflects the harsh society which dictates  that they cannot be together. But just as the natural world is a force to be reckoned with (as in this scene where Ennis is trapped in a snowstorm (0.09), so is the hidden nature of the two men that draws them inextricably together. 

KEY SCENES

I wish I knew how to quit you

Jack delivers this iconic line as the two men agonise over their future together. 

Jack and Ennis Brawl 

Light-hearted play turns violent as Ennis battles with his true feelings for Jack whilst also wrestling with the forces that so heartbreakingly keep their love out of reach.

This masterpiece of modern cinema–with its gripping themes, rich characters and riveting storylines–offers mountains of inspiration for any artist. We can’t wait to see your work! 

The deadline for submissions for Month 4 Films is June 27th, but there are multiple opportunities to submit your work to a host of Focus Features classics throughout the brief! Visit focus20.talenthouse.com for complete details.